Plastic waste from Sabarimala devotees kills wild elephant in Kerala forest

The carcass of the jumbo was sighted at Valiyaanavattom under the wildlife area of Periyar west division

By: Press Trust of India | Pathanamthitta | Published:February 3, 2014 2:24 pm
elephant calf The pachyderm has two kilograms of plastic waste inside. (File photo for representative purposes only)

At a time when animal lovers are concerned about plastic articles being abandoned in forests, a 40-year-old female elephant was found dead with about two kg of plastic waste in its bowels in a forest near the holy hill Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta district recently.

The plastic articles consumed by the jumbo was believed to have been the left over of the two-month long pilgrimage of Sabarimala, which concluded last month. The carcass of the jumbo was sighted at Valiyaanavattom under the wildlife area of Periyar west division on Saturday.

A top official said huge piles of plastic waste,including polythene carry bags, aluminium foil papers and wrappers of packed food were found in its abdomen during post-mortem.

“The carcass of the elephant was spotted during routine field check. About two kg of plastic waste was found in its abdomen during post-mortem. It could not take any food at least for some weeks,” said Sunil Babu, deputy director, Periyar west division.

“According to the veterinarians, the animal died of constipation and intestinal blockage. It could not digest the plastic in the intestine or take any other food,” he said.  He, however, said no similar incident was reported in the area in the recent past though the presence of plastic waste had been found in the dung of the wild animals before.

Stern action was necessary to keep the forest clean and plastic-free, the official added. The carcass was cremated inside the Valiyaanavattom forest yesterday.

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    soundararajan R
    Aug 15, 2017 at 10:27 pm
    I won't bring plastic, save hours life and country. Make a clean Green life.
  2. G
    Jul 25, 2017 at 11:06 pm
    Njan sabarimala yill plastic kond vann malinamaakkilla
  3. S
    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:27 am
    Swamiye saranam ayyappa
  4. S
    Jun 9, 2017 at 5:49 am
    ഞാനും എന്റെ സുഹൃത്തുക്കളും അയ്യപ്പനെ കാണാൻ വരുമ്പോൾ പ്ലാസ്റ്റിക്ക് ഒന്നും കൊണ്ടുവരാതെ ശ്രദ്ധിക്കും സ്വാമിയേ ശരണമയ്യപ്പാ
  5. S
    Jan 6, 2017 at 9:40 pm
    Please save nature and Ban plastic bags.
  6. H
    Dec 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm
    Bag plastic pls
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    Suresh Kumar
    Feb 26, 2015 at 11:29 pm
    Ban Plastic Bags. People will return to the age old habit of carrying personal bags from home for shopping. Plastic bags are an avoidable evil. Imagine the amount of Wildlife... Nature we would be saving.... or not troubling should I say... because of plastic less waste...
  8. S
    Feb 5, 2014 at 12:17 am
    Funny how ramen said its 'typical brainless tourists' I think people in a country need to own up, it's in their backyard and they are accountable, they should take responsibility. I don't litter in my own country (Australia) and our states are relatively litter free in most parts so I don't do it when I travel either, littering sucks.Stop blaming tourists and pointing fingers and start taking responsibility so it will never happen again.
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